10 Days to go for CAT 2019: Last minute preparation tips
Updated on Dec 4, 2019 - 11:52 a.m. IST by Shruti.garg
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10 Days to go for CAT 2019: Last minute preparation tips - It is normally said that the last lap of a race is very important. Similarly, the last few days before the exam are very critical. Now that just 10 days are left for CAT 2019, candidates must be aware of the last minute preparation tips. It is during this last phase that one needs to pull up their socks and give their best so that they can ease through the exam without any difficulty. As part of last minute preparation tips with only 10 days for CAT, candidates must remain stress free, take the mock tests, do not take up any new topic. At this stage, candidates who will appear for CAT, they should not panic, keeping your cool will help you focus better and crack the exam. At this eleventh hour here are some tips and guidance by the CAT toppers as they share their examination strategies and on how to proceed. Read the full article to know all about last minute preparation tips as only 10 days are left for CAT 2019.
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Don’t Stress Yourself

With just a few days left for CAT 2019, don’t have a lot on your plate. Keep your motivation level high of entering into desired B-school. You just need to brush the concepts that you have studied. Don’t touch any new areas. Manaswi who bagged 9.14 percentile in CAT 2018 shares his strategy by stating that “CAT not only checks your exam knowledge, but also your mental strength, and how you can handle exam day stress. So, I had a plan prepared for the last seven days in advance. This was the idea of my teacher, and according to the plan I took my last mock on November 20, and in the last four days, I didn't study. Just played my FIFA games (after 11 months), watched a few sitcoms, and read a book. These worked wonders! I was extremely calm on November 25, and remarkably it was unprecedented.”

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Practise Easy Mocks

As it is said, practice makes a man perfect, don’t stop practicing through mocks. Make sure you give mock as per the exam pattern of CAT 2019. Make yourself sit for three hours and practice to manage time and sections accordingly. With more practice there are fewer chances of making errors. Remember while practicing having a competitive mind is good however, don’t stress yourself over making mistakes.

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Continue Reading Editorials

As the final D-day is approaching make sure you read editorials every day. Reading editorials from newspapers like The Hindu, help one cover diverse areas which help in shaping the reader's point of view and importantly improving language, knowledge about current affairs and formation of sentences. Reading editorials helps you grasp a good hold on language and stay updated with the latest happenings around the world. Furthermore, as suggested by Niranjan who scored 100 percentile suggests that “To build on my VA, I bought a couple of books online, from Amazon. I utilised Arun Sharma’s book on VARC which is very detailed and has lots of questions for practice. This helped me get a good hold on VARC.”

Remember, “One Size Doesn’t Fit All”

While preparing don’t approach everybody to formulate the plans for the last days. Know what is best for yourself. As what worked for others might not work for you, which can lead to disappointments. Keep yourself energized for the D-day and don’t compare yourself or preparation level that of others. “My message for next year's candidates would be to prepare and take the exam in a positive frame of mind and without putting too much pressure on themselves. One has to work out the strategy of what works best for them, rather than trying to implement exactly the same thing that worked for someone else.”, as suggested by Amit Bikram who bagged 100 percentile in CAT 2019.

Take Care of Health- Eat Light and Healthy

While preparing for CAT 2019, eat protein rich food which helps in increasing the mental alertness. Even if you feel stressed don’t skip your meals as your brain needs the energy to work efficiently. If the intake of food is difficult for you, make sure you have smoothies or protein shakes in order not to feel fatigued while giving an exam. Most importantly, avoid eating food items like muffins, cakes, and other junk food as it takes time and energy to digest. At last, don’t forget to take good sleep don’t hop to cram a little more information by studying late nights.

Revise all Formulas and Tips

While preparing, make sure you have written important formulas and while revising just go through those formulas for quick revision. Always try to recall all the formulas before going to bed.

Catch some rays

As said “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, you must pursue your hobbies by involving in recreational activities helping in de-stressing yourself. CAT 2018 topper Mayur, who scored 99.88 percentile says that “I played badminton for a couple of hours before CAT day. It made me feel relaxed.”

As machines also shut down when it is required to be cool, similarly you should rejuvenate your inner system by performing your hobby. This helps in increasing self esteem and a chance to connect with your soul.

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I am a CAT aspirant & have appeared for CAT, XAT,& SNAP & scored 90%ile. With acads 10th-7.4CGPA, 12th-82% & in graduation(2018)-64% with no work experience due to family problem. Would I able to secure a seat in good college? I have been shortlisted for TAPMI, FORE, IIMV for round one till now.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020


its true that iims and some of other top ranked institute shortlisted candidates as per their academic record and  cat or any other management aptitude  test score. see right now which of institute name you have mentioned is also comes under tier 1 college. now you need to focus on your presentation skills, communication approach  to get shortlisted in final rounds. so keep calm and focus on your goal, I think you will surely crack it.


dear sir, I have 67 percentile bin cat, which colleges should I apply??

Shiksha 16th Feb, 2020


You can target a few average collges like IBS Hyderabad, mdi murshidabad, amity noida, NBS Ahmedabad, ITM navi mumbai (good colleges)

Others are: vit vellore, isbr pune, ndim delhi, pibm pune, aims banglore, mit pune, ims ghaziabad, etc

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tell me proper cat syllabus and full knowledge of mba colleges admissions

Ina 16th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant,

Hope everything is going well.

The entrance exams through which candidates can get admission in MBA course are CAT (Common Admission Test), MAT (Management Aptitude test), XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test), CMAT (Common Management Admission Test), SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)) and ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admissions).

Specifically,  For your question,

CAT Syllabus will be prescribed by the exam conducting authority. CAT (Common Admission Test) will be managed by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), Kozhikode.
The CAT Syllabus divided into four sections: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

Quantitative Ability or Mathematics: This section consists of 10+2 difficulty level & Fundamental mathematics. The topics are:

  • geometry
  • number system
  • interest
  • quadratic & linear equations
  • probability
  • trigonometry
  • time & work
  • percentages
  • profit & loss
  • algebra
  • LCM & HCF
  • averages
  • permutation
  • ratio & proportions
  • complex numbers, etc

Data Interpretation: In this section, student’s ability to solve problems accurately & understanding of the data are tested. Students can study the topic of:

  • graphs (line, area)
  • Interpretation and analysis of data based on text
  • Charts (Column, bar, pie)
  • tables
  • paragraph
  • venn diagram, etc.

Verbal Ability & English: This section contains the usage of Standard English grammar & questions on comprehension. The topics are:

  • verbal reasoning
  • antonyms and synonyms
  • sentence correction
  • fill in the blanks
  • critical reasoning
  • syllogisms
  • analogies
  • idioms, etc.

Logical reasoning: It includes:

  • Direction sense
  • clocks & calendars
  • puzzles
  • binary logic
  • seating arrangement
  • coding- decoding
  • blood relations
  • logical sequence
  • data structure
  • assumption
  • premise
  • conclusion
  • linear and matrix arrangement, etc.


general cat. lives in haryana percentile 86,any good college in india.

jishua thomas 16th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant..

for admission through the jee mains you need to qualify the examination. Which is know with the declaration of the cutoff for the examination. As per the expected cutoff for  this year it is about 89.75 for the general  category. Work hard and do well in the next session of the jee mains for getting admission in excellent colleges.

hope this information helps


Hi sir/mam, ive scored 81% in 10th, 68% in 12th, 7.48(CGPA) in b.pharm.,9.64(CGPA) in m.pharm.(i was awarded as best student)& ive 24 mon. of experience as a scientist in a pharma company. What score in CAT i need to pursue mba from SPJain colg, mumbai?

Shivika Tyagi 16th Feb, 2020
For getting a call from SP Jain, you must score around 95 percentile in Cat. Although you must set your target for 95+ only so that you surely get a call from them. And after that you have to perform really well in GD and PI process. SP jain gives benefit to students with strong profile and work experience. So, try to build your profile.
Hope it helps you. Good luck
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